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Mikhail Tal vs Ivan Radulov
Chess Olympiad Final-A (1972), Skopje MKD, rd 4, Sep-30
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  1-0



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Oct-17-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Weak bishop vs. strong bishop.
Oct-19-05  lopium: Are you sure? I thought a good bishop could attack pieces. The two can defend a pawn to be Q, but can't kill any pawn without anymovement by pawns. How can you say one is strong and the other is weak?
Oct-19-05  drmariogodrob: The black bishop can still fly around the board, but the white bishop on e4 can both protect all of its weak pawns and be protected by them, and exerts influence over a great space of the board. Black has no such square for his bishop, which renders it weak and exploitable by white: first by chasing the king into the corner and out of play, and then by going after the weak b-pawn. But because of white's better pawn structure and strong bishop, black has absolutely no winning chances at any time.
Oct-19-05  lopium: Thanksxz, so a bad bishop has not only the color to be judged on, but the position too, to claim it bad or strong. Ok.
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  Benzol: I'm not suprised that this game doesn't figure in any collection of Tal's best games. No startling sacrifices or attacks. But it should be in one. This was one of the most subtle endings Tal ever played. He was helped at the adjournment by Keres. A great tribute to their analysis and endgame skills.
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  keypusher: Tal re the adjournment:

<I have quite a large number of chess memories, but that night of analysis with Keres is one of the most pleasant. The work was calm, flowing as it were, of its own accord; every hour a cup of coffee was consumed...and I never even suspected that such an apparently uninteresting ending (I was a pawn up, with opposite colored bishops) could contain so many interesting and beautiful ideas. Incidentally, the analysis proved to be highly productive, for when on the following day the game was again adjourned, on the 72nd move, Keres and I were perfectly familiar with the position: we had reached it in our analysis the previous night. There was no need for a second resumption: Radulov resigned without further play.>

Mar-05-10  Jim Bartle: Thanks, kp.
Nov-12-15  Abdooss: Tal’s account of his performance in the Chess Olympiad, Skopje 1972 : " I had managed to win all my games, but it is the resumption of with Radulov that I recall. We split up into groups for analysis and my consultant was Grandmaster Keres, our team’s trainer. I have quite a large number of chess memories, but that night of analysis with Keres is one of the most pleasant. The work was calm, flowing, as it were of its own accord; every hour a cup of coffee… And I never even suspected that such an apparently uninteresting ending – I was a pawn up with rooks and opposite-coloured bishops – could contain so many beautiful ideas Incidentally, the analysis proved to be highly productive … before the second resumption Radulov resigned without further play. " - Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, RHM Press, 1976.
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